R. Michael Knapp

Board Position: Executive Committee

Represents: Polk County

Term Expires: Nov, 2016

Mike Knapp joined the Prairie Meadows Board in December 2010. He is a lifelong resident of Des Moines and attended Roosevelt High School, class of 1968. Mike graduated from the State University of Iowa with a BBA in Marketing, class of 1972. He began his career as a sales associate with Iowa Realty in 1972 and is now the organization’s President/ CEO. Iowa Realty’s businesses are comprised of residential, commercial and farm sales, property management and development management. In addition, Iowa Realty operates Prudential, First Realty of Des Moines and is engaged in title services, Iowa Title, mortgage origination, HomeServices Lending of Iowa and real estate closing services, Midland Escrow Services. Mike now serves on the Board of Home Services of America, a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate and the Board of HomeServices Lending. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Iowa Association of Realtors and the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors. In addition Mike is pleased to serve on the Board of Character Counts in Iowa and the Mid Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mike is married to Ellyn Knapp and has two daughters, Ashley and Katelyn.